Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.– John Wooden
I am passionate about seeing student-athletes confidently work hard and compete at their peak because they know who they are and where they want to go. As an athletic-performance coach, I work with young athletes and guide them to a place where they can increase the health of their outlook, design programs and plans for more efficient training, solve problems, take healthy risks, manage stress and anxiety to their advantage, and clearly see their true best.
I see potential in every athlete I have the privilege to coach, and I have a unique ability to meet young people where they are and build a genuine, mutually respectful relationship. From that relationship, I attend, collaborate, strategize, and encourage teens to boldly pursue their goals with confidence and wisdom. These relationships build trust, and young people grow in their resiliency and resolve to achieve what once seemed out of reach.
As a performance coach, I work with high-potential student-athletes who want to position themselves for greater athletic success, helping them access a healthy perspective so they can enjoy performing to their fullest capacity. As a former high school and college athlete, I was runner-up in the Colorado state tennis championships and lettered in three sports (baseball, basketball, and tennis) in college. I know highly motivated students are often overstretched, over-scheduled, and overly stressed, and I provide strategies for recognizing their true best and managing their lives in a healthy pursuit of a new vision for who they are and who they might become.
I have over 25 years of experience with adolescents in many different settings. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in adolescence, from Trinity International University. I’ve earned a master’s degree in Counseling and a master’s degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary. I hold a professional educators license from Northern Illinois University. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and a member of the American School Counselor Association, Illinois School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association, Illinois Counseling Association, and an associate member of the Christian Coaches Network.
I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, where I use my nearly-7-foot height to reach things on high shelves for my wife, an author and inner strength coach, our two teenage girls, and our lovable dogs. I love to travel with my family and cheer for all the sports teams from my hometown, Denver, Colorado.